Conrad Poppenhusen Association

"Doorway to Opportunity"

aka Poppenhusen Institute Celebrating 150 Years   |   College Point, NY   |
GuideStar Charity Check

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

EIN: 11-1633524


Mission Statement :To preserve the history of College Point, and its landmarked Poppenhusen Institute building, while continuing to provide diverse mostly free, cultural, educational, and historical programs, open to all. History- The Institute was built in 1868 with funds donated by benefactor of College Point(CP), Conrad Poppenhusen. It housed many programs and services including the First Free Kindergarten in the US which was established at the Institute July 1st, 1870. The Institute was designated a NYC Landmark in 1970 and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. Four years later the Institute , was threatened with sale and demolition . However, due to the efforts of a community group and a successful Supreme Court decision that action was thwarted

Notes from the nonprofit

Although we are a smaller non-profit we believe that we are the oldest still operating non -profit in Queens ( other then a church). We are now 155 years old. As the only cultural center in all of District 19, the diverse programs and performances that we offer are very much needed and appreciated by the public. In addition to our numerous cultural and historical performances and presentations we have recently added a free ESL program in response to the community need. We continue to assist in building bridges across cultural, economic and other divides in the community. We are committed to honoring the past while continuing to more forward serving the needs of the community today. Help us to keep this NYC Landmark going strong.

Ruling year info



Mr. James Trent

Main address

PO Box 560091

College Point, NY 11356 USA

Show more contact info



Subject area info

Arts and culture


Public affairs

Population served info

Children and youth


NTEE code info

Arts, Cultural Organizations - Multipurpose (A20)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

This profile needs more info.

If it is your nonprofit, add a problem overview.

Login and update

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

"Right Around the Corner " Cultural performances

As the sole performing arts center in City Council District 19, the Institute provides invaluable affordable, high quality, and accessible cultural programming that quenches the cultural thirst of a large, underserved population, which is often unable to afford or visit larger cultural institutions. Our programs are designed to foster an understanding and appreciation of the arts for young and old alike, by introducing innovative performances to the community while also honoring traditional classic favorites, all at affordable prices.
Performances include, Summer Garden Concerts and family Movies , Celebrations of Black History month, Lunar New Year , Cinco de Mayo, Asian Pacific Heritage, and Immigration Heritage month and Indigenous People’s Day Other performances include our annual 9/11 and Veterans Day Remembrance Concerts

Population(s) Served

Our educational programs include: Piano Lessons, Family Painting Sessions , ESL classes and School and Public Tours of the facility and community.

Population(s) Served
Multiracial people
People of East Asian descent
People of European descent
People of Central American descent
Multiracial people
People of East Asian descent
People of European descent
People of Central American descent

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Our goal is to preserve this NYC Landmark , which is home of the First free Kindergarten in the United States while continuing to develop free divers programs and performances for the underserved community of College Point.

We saved this NYC landmark from sale and demolition in 1983. Since then a great deal of restoration has taken place including the installation of an elevator and an accessible bathroom. In the Spring of 2023 the windows and surrounds will be restored with a city capital grant.

Our cultural performances celebrate the many cultures that now College Point their home. We will continue to expand this programming being ever mindful of the changing demographics of the community.

Our historic programs honors the community's past including industrialist and social reformer Conrad Poppenhusen who provided health and death benefits to his workers as early as the 1840s. We will continue to teach the children about his philanthropic lifestyle .

Our educational programs include school tours and a new ESL program

Our museum component has recently been enhanced by the acquisition of 14 plaster statues by nationally acclaimed sculptor, Hermon Atkins Mac Neil who once lived in College Point and taught art classes at the Poppenhusen Institute. These will soon be restored and placed on exhibition.

In order to successfully continue the above noted programs additional volunteers are required. The newest member of the Board of Control and a current volunteer are running a campaign seeking new volunteers. We have also submitted a request to St. John's University for interns from the history and marketing departments.

We are also submitting funding requests to major corporate donors such as Northwell Health, Cord-Meyer and TD bank requesting the funding necessary to support the expansion of our programs.

We are proud of our successful track record including- first saving this historic structure from sale and demolition and then breathing new life into it with the multitude of programs that are now offered.

Additionally, during Covid-19 we continued serving the community although in an improvised way- We held Family Painting in the garden and took the show on the road with a vintage trolley that had a balcony on the back. various ethnic bands would perform as we traveled throughout the streets of Queens - bringing smiles to many faces.


Conrad Poppenhusen Association
Fiscal year: Jul 01 - Jun 30
Financial documents
2021 Conrad Poppenhusen Association
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 0.82 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 1.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2023 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

Fiscal year ending: cloud_download Download Data

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of Conrad Poppenhusen Association’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

Created in partnership with

Business model indicators

Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $72,388 $266,747 -$22,739 $169,374 -$40,440
As % of expenses 29.0% 123.8% -10.5% 72.2% -16.4%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation -$10,961 $175,442 -$117,969 $63,546 -$166,427
As % of expenses -3.3% 57.2% -37.8% 18.7% -44.8%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $257,068 $482,176 $361,546 $599,656 $669,912
Total revenue, % change over prior year -84.8% 87.6% -25.0% 65.9% 11.7%
Program services revenue 14.0% 5.5% 3.0% 2.9% 0.0%
Membership dues 1.8% 0.7% 0.7% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 39.8% 83.0% 81.9% 96.9% 96.9%
All other grants and contributions 14.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 3.0%
Other revenue 29.8% 10.9% 14.4% 0.2% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $250,007 $215,428 $216,761 $234,615 $245,867
Total expenses, % change over prior year -4.3% -13.8% 0.6% 8.2% 4.8%
Personnel 34.3% 36.5% 40.9% 44.9% 36.9%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 3.2% 8.8% 8.6%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.6% 0.0% 1.3% 0.2% 1.4%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other expenses 65.1% 63.5% 54.6% 46.2% 53.1%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Total expenses (after depreciation) $333,356 $306,733 $311,991 $340,443 $371,854
One month of savings $20,834 $17,952 $18,063 $19,551 $20,489
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $4,800 $10,540 $3,017
Fixed asset additions $741,197 $211,010 $157,013 $317,947 $454,543
Total full costs (estimated) $1,095,387 $535,695 $491,867 $688,481 $849,903

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Months of cash 1.8 3.6 1.7 3.0 0.6
Months of cash and investments 1.8 3.6 1.7 3.0 0.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets -184.6 5.8 -234.1 -224.0 -237.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Cash $37,057 $65,090 $30,925 $59,132 $11,321
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $8,438 $38,763 $33,355 $43,900 $39,900
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $4,325,387 $4,564,063 $4,721,076 $5,039,023 $5,594,657
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 12.1% 14.1% 15.0% 16.2% 18.6%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.8% 0.9% 0.9% 0.6% 0.3%
Unrestricted net assets -$43,507 $3,990,569 -$224,710 -$161,164 -$327,591
Temporarily restricted net assets $3,858,634 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $3,858,634 $0 $4,262,316 $4,459,906 $4,914,699
Total net assets $3,815,127 $3,990,569 $4,037,606 $4,298,742 $4,587,108

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022 2023
Material data errors No No No No No


The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Letter of Determination is not available for this organization
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization


Mr. James Trent

In addition to being the president of the Poppenhusen Institute Mr. Trent is also the president of the Queens County Farm museum and is active in numerous civic organizations and museums across the borough. He has been actively involved in the preservation of the landmark Poppenhusen Institute since testifying at the 1980 Supreme court case

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Show data for fiscal year
Compensation data
Download up to 5 most recent years of officer and director compensation data for this organization

There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Board of directors
as of 02/27/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
Download the most recent year of board of directors data for this organization
Board chair

Mr. James Trent

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Term: 1990 -

James Healy

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

charles J. Chiclacos

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Victor Chiang

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Richard Krauland

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Karen Lucas

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Milagros Toro

Conrad Poppenhusen Association

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 10/31/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data


We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/31/2022

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.